Some Important News..

Hey! I have some important news to share today. πŸ™‚

I know Mother’s Day has already passed, but I think mothers should be celebrated all the time. Especially my mom.

My mom is amazing. She does so many things for me and supports me in all the ways that she can even when her life is crazy. Trust me. It IS.


My mom comes to my soccer games.


She helps me with my makeup.


She even makes dinner for me when she has a billion other things to do.


Most importantly of all, my mom loves me.

A lot of you probably don’t know this, but my mom has stage IV breast cancer and has been battling it for several years now. Currently she is getting integrative treatment in Arizona that have been shown to work effectively for the cancer my mom has. We are thankful she is able to get this treatment.


This treatment, however, is NOT covered by insurance and is very expensive. We are trusting God to work everything out. My mom and I worked together to start a Bonfire campaign online, where you can purchase a t-shirt with an all exclusive design (made by yours truly).

The shirts state, “I will make my mountains into roads,” which is taken from Isaiah 49:11. It tells us that though in life we may have large mountains blocking our path, but with the Lord’s help, we will be able to turn those mountains, or problems, into roads to get to a better place. Β I believe God will use our struggles for his good.


Buying shirts gets you a shirt, and supports us as well. Β It would mean the world to me if you bought a shirt to support my mom. I love her so much and know that God has healing in store for her. Even if you do not choose to purchase a shirt, we would appreciate it if you could pray for us. πŸ’—

Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”


Every other week my mom leaves to go get cancer treatments in Arizona. She has to leave her family to get better. It’s really hard for her, especially since this week she just started a new protocol, and it doesn’t make her feel well. Β I’m sure she would appreciate a kind note in the comments. πŸ˜‰

To my mom,

Thank you for everything you do for me. I wouldn’t be who I am without you. πŸ™‚

I love you so much.


American Girl Doll Artist


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Hey, I'm Dara! I'm the main blogger here at Small Dolls in a Big World. I love sewing, drawing, and photographing my dolls. I started this blog in 2014 and have been blogging ever since. :) A lot of the time you can find me on Instagram where I share my latest work. (@americangirldollartist)


  1. Your mom and family are so in our prayers. If there is anything we can do let me know. Your mom is blessed to have you as a daughter and I know she loves you very much as well.

  2. This was so touching to read. Your mom sounds amazing, and so loved.

  3. Avatar olivehiddenhollow says

    oh, I hope your mama gets better! I’ll be praying for you guys until them. <3
    Most crazily, ~Olive

  4. I’ll be praying for your mom! Thank you for letting us know what’s going on. πŸ™‚


  5. Avatar Katherine says

    I’m so sorry about your mom. I didn’t know. I remember when my dad had cancer… I know it’s hard. I’ll be praying for your mom, you, and your family. If you need anything, you can talk to me, I’ll be here. I hope she gets better. And remember, God is in control, and will help.❀️
    ~Katherine 🐹

  6. Wow, I did not know your Mom was struggling with that; I’m so sorry; I know that can be hard. We will be praying that healing will be found!
    God bless,
    Claire Rachel<3

  7. Just a quick note saying your mom will be in my prayers as well as you and the rest of your family.

  8. I’m so sorry about your mom. My grandmother had cancer and I know how hard it can be. I’ll be praying for your mom and family. <3

  9. I hope your Mom will get better soon! I’ll be praying πŸ™‚

  10. Avatar light4thelord says

    I am most definitely praying for you!
    ~ Light4theLord

  11. Avatar Linda Reynolds says

    So sorry to hear about your mom having breast cancer!!! We ordered a T-shirt, but more importantly, we will be praying for her and you!!!! God is good!

  12. Awww I’m so sorry about your mom! That sounds really hard. I am buying a shirt!

  13. I just bought a T-Shirt!

  14. Avatar Marcy Jimenez says

    Beautifully written… your mama is so special. Is there a link for us to purchase tshirt?

  15. I will be praying for your mom.

  16. I’ve known your mom for a long time and she is a wonderful person. And YOU are a wonderful daughter. She is so very proud of you. I pray for your mom everyday and for all of your family. Sending lots of love.

  17. I will definitely be praying for your family and your mom! I hope that everything will go well. πŸ™‚ Even if it isn’t God’s plan for your mom to get better, He will always provide. <3

    -Anika |

  18. I didn’t know this! I’ll be praying for you guys and send my love! I hope she gets through this! Happy late mother’s day.

  19. Prayers for your mom for a complete healing.

  20. I will keep your mom and the entire family in my prayers and thoughts.

  21. Good thoughts coming your mom’s way.

  22. Sara, you should be so proud. Bring away from your family is so difficult but dealing with an illness, all the side effects without them must be so hard. Prayers for healing!

  23. Tell your mom I’ll be praying for her

  24. I’m so sorry for your mom, I hope she gets better soon.
    p.s I bought one of the shirts and I think they convey a great message. <3

  25. I’m going to show this to my mom, I hope I can buy one! I’m praying for your mom. πŸ™‚

  26. Avatar Mariah Tahmisian says

    I’m praying for your mom, she sounds amazing!

  27. I will be praying for your Mom and your family.

  28. I will keep your whole family in my prayers!

  29. Prayers will be coming to your family in these difficult times. Our God will always keep your you, your mom, and your family in his protection. <3

  30. Oh, I hope your mother gets better soon! This was a beautiful post, and the pictures are so sweet.


  31. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom (I saw it on Facebook earlier because of Jaclynn, but didn’t know much more), cancer is so hard and steals so much from everyone. I’ll keep your family in my prayers, thank goodness the treatments seem to be working!

  32. I will be praying for your mom. πŸ™‚ Amazing post by the way. <3

  33. OH. MY. GOSH. This is so sweet! I know exactly how you feel. My best friend Maine died from cancer when we were both very young. It was very heartbreaking, but now I am still in touch with her sisters, Taylor, Misty, and Persephone. I will try to get my mom to buy a shirt for me and her! She looooves to by shirts that represent good causes πŸ˜‰ ❀️ I am totally inspired to do something like this for my mom! I made her a Z themed one of things she loves. Bye!

  34. I’m prating for all of you. πŸ™‚ Continue to trust God because he takes care of us all.
    ~ Charlie

  35. I’ll pray for your mom. She sounds so amazing and loving.

  36. And remember: God has a plan.

  37. Stay strong, your mom and family will be in our prayers. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  38. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We blogged this to help spread the word. Much love to you and your mama. <3

  39. Sending good thoughts and prayers your mom’s way! I hope everything goes well and she’s better in no time.

  40. I can’t buy a shirt, but you are in my prayers. πŸ™‚

  41. I will be praying for you, your mom, and your family <3 <3 <3

  42. Avatar Anna Z Stirlingite says

    Hi American Girl Doll Artist!
    I’m so, so sorry that your mom has cancer! πŸ™ I love my mom soooooo much and can’t even imagine how hard it would be if she were sick, so I’m sure this must be really challenging for you. πŸ™ Again I’m sorry. ** Sends lots of hugs! ** (*And hopes you don’t think I’m too strange for sending you hugs when you don’t even know me! Lol! *) I really hope the treatment that your mom is receiving helps her to heal quickly! And I will definitely keep you, your mom, and your family in my prayers!!!!
    ~~ Anna Z Stirlingite
    P.S. This is my first time commenting here! I actually just discovered your blog a couple weeks ago, (well, I happened upon it a few times before, too, but just began exploring…) and I’m having lots of fun reading all the amazing posts I’ve missed!! I just finished reading The Guiding Compass, and it was soooooooo incredibly awesome!!!!! Really, everything about your blog seems awesome!! I especially love your dolls’ fun personalities, the cute photo stories, and all of your gorgeous photos and adorable drawings!!!!
    P.P.S. I’m a doll lover and artist, too!!!
    P.P.P.S. I love P.S.’s!! πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you very much for your kind comment. πŸ™‚ <3 It means a lot to me. LOL, no, it's not. πŸ™‚ (hugs) XD Thank you for the support Anna. <3
      P.S. Aw, well, thank you for commenting! πŸ˜€ Thank you! I'm SO glad you've been enjoying my blog! πŸ™‚
      P.P.S. Oh cool!! πŸ˜€ <3
      P.P.P.S. LOL! XD

  43. You are so strong! I know what you’re going through, my mom had Stage 1 Breast Cancer twice, but she fought. She fought because she cared about me, and your mom fights because she cares about you. Stay strong, you guys are in my prayers. I will try to buy a shirt, but I don’t know if I can. I’ll try my best.
    -Love, Ariana

  44. Your mom is most definitely in our prayers. We hope that your family gets the support you guys need. Your mom is so lucky to have you.

  45. I’ll be praying for your mom. πŸ™‚ We’re going to buy a shirt. You did a great job designing them! I pray your mom feels better very soon!

    -Clara <3

  46. This is so sweet. πŸ™‚ I’ll pray for your mom.

  47. I pray for you every day and prayed for your mom just now! I admire you so much and you are such a brave and amazing person — I can’t even imagine how brave and amazing your mom is, too. She’s raised such an epic daughter I really look up to. <3 It's so refreshing to see people who trust God through the fire and believe in His eternally awesome goodness despite what circumstances look like. God is so good and has delivered you guys through so much already! I'm praying for your mom, you, and your family daily now. You're totally welcome to email me with any special prayer requests or just anything at all — I hate cancer with a burning passion and completely know what it's like to battle illness. You guys are awesome! Let me know if there's anything I can pray for or anything. God is so good. ❀️❀️❀️


  48. What a lovely post. I know I’m late to the party here, but wanted to let you know this is a great post and I’ll keep your mom in my prayers.

  49. Avatar NICHOLE THALJI says

    We are praying for your family, and healing for your mom. God has something special planned for you! Keep smiling and allow the sunshine to continue. Psakm 121

  50. Oh my gosh so sorry to here! I’m praying for her.

  51. I really hope your mom gets better. I have a quick question. How do you comment on your pictures?


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